As demonstrated by its many programs and partnerships, the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) is locally and internationally recognized as an innovator in faculty development. Through its excellence in scholarly educational and research activities, the CFD mobilizes knowledge and inspires transformative educators.
Due to the CFD’s prominence, multiple institutions have reached out to participate in the centre’s programming. In 2015, the CFD educated professionals within:
In 2015, the CFD educated education professionals outside of St. Michael's Hospital, including national and international institutions
The Education Scholars Program (ESP) is one the Centre’s core longitudinal programs that strives to enrich and challenge participants’ perspectives and assumptions about their practices as teachers, scholars and leaders in education. Since 2004, the program has aimed to enhance participants’ aptitudes as critical, reflective, scholarly and informed health professional educators. ESP alumni have reported significant successes to date due to their participation in the program:
ESP alumni have become integral education leaders in the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN) by leading education innovation and change. A few of the leadership positions held by ESP alumni include:
For one alumnus, the ESP program was transformative. While participating in the program, the alumnus worked on his required scholarly project with assigned mentors and this mentoring relationship provided crucial guidance in moving his project forward. The alumnus presented the findings from his scholarly work at a national, peer-reviewed conference in 2015 and is preparing a related paper for publication. In addition to furthering the alumnus’ abilities in education scholarship, his ESP project inspired him to critically analyze his worldview and practices. Through role modelling a willingness to learn and change himself, it is hopeful that he will inspire change among colleagues and students in their understanding of self, systems and behaviour.
The alumnus’ scholarly project is being used to implement transformative learning opportunities. His ESP project on critical pedagogy now serves as a basis for the development of a Cultural Competency curriculum at St. Michael’s Hospital. This curriculum is slated to be offered beyond the walls of the hospital to local and national audiences.